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CEA Foundation Awards Grant to Gallaudet University for Video Series on Effective Technologies for Consumers with Hearing Loss

Arlington, VA – August 25, 2014 – 
The CEA Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, announced its support for the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University, in a grant to teach consumers with hearing loss about the effective use of their hearing devices with telecommunications technologies. With this CEA Foundation grant, Gallaudet plans to produce eight instructional videos during the course of the upcoming year-long project. This program will support the CEA Foundation’s mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives.

“Gallaudet University is a leading organization in the deaf and hard of hearing community.  This program will help consumers utilize existing technologies, and provide valuable feedback for the further development of products to meet consumers’ need,” said John Shalam, chairman of the CEA Foundation.

Gallaudet University will create a series of accessible instructional videos that provide the in-depth information that consumers with hearing loss need to learn about the effective use of their hearing devices with telecommunications technologies. The videos will be kept informal and brief (approximately 3 minutes each), and will have both captions and video descriptions.

Studies have shown that instructional videos help overcome time and knowledge constraints on the part of clinicians, and also serve consumers who may need repeated instruction to facilitate learning. Videos are being produced and consumed at high rates, unlike written materials, and have a high cost-to-benefit ratio.

“We are very grateful to the CEA Foundation for its generous charitable support of this project, which will benefit individuals with hearing loss.  Because video sharing is so popular these days, we will be able to reach more consumers with sound, concrete information than we would otherwise be able to do. We are excited to extend the information we’ve acquired through our research on hearing devices and telecommunications accessibility in a very practical way,” said Dr. Christian Vogler, Director of Gallaudet University’s Technology Access Program.
About the Consumer Technology Assocation

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media: .

About CEA Foundation:
The CEA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association.  It was established with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives.  The Foundation is focused on strategic support of programs to impact these communities and has launched its first series of grants in 2012.  It also serves to facilitate dialog between industry, consumers, government, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders around important issues.  For more information on the CEA Foundation please visit
About Gallaudet University:
Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts university in the world designed for deaf and hard of hearing students, communication among faculty, staff and students, whether in or out of the classroom, is through the use of sign language and written and spoken English. As a result, students are able to fully participate in all aspects of campus life and thereby acquire the comprehensive education and experience that is the goal of a liberal arts education. Gallaudet has historically served a unique population. Deaf and hard of hearing students and their peers who study in a bilingual and visually accessible environment succeed best in facilities designed to support that success. About 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss, and about 12,000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing each year. An additional 12,000 children develop a hearing loss by the time they turn 5 years old. The need to provide services and programming for deaf and hard of hearing students is persistent. In addition, changing student demographics mean increasing numbers of deaf and hard of hearing students are reaching college age without receiving adequate services or experiencing fully accessible visual education. Gallaudet continues to enrich and change the lives of many people around the world.